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Basketball: Cal signee Jordan Mathews, Santa Monica chase Southern California title

By Jeff Faraudo
Saturday, March 16th, 2013 at 11:33 am in Basketball, Recruiting.

Phil Mathews has two important basketball games on his schedule today.

The former USF head coach is an assistant for Ben Howland at UCLA, which plays in tonight’s Pac-12 tournament championship game against Oregon.

In the meantime, Mathews is hoping to find a TV in Las Vegas that will show his son Jordan’s CIF Southern California Division I high school championship game.

Jordan Mathews, one of four players in Cal’s excellent 2013 recruiting class, leads Santa Monica against Loyola-Los Angeles at 4 p.m. today in Ontario, with a spot in the state championship game on the line.

The Vikings (28-6) faced Loyola (25-7) twice in December, losing 68-62 and 83-82.

A 6-foot-3 shooting guard, Mathews averages 24.8 points and has had games of 37 and 41 points during the three-game run into the SoCal title game. He was named MVP of the Ocean League for the second straight season.

“He’s had a great senior year,” Phil Mathews said.

“He can score. He’s going to have to improve defensively, like most high school kids,” his dad continued. “He scores in a variety of ways — he’s not just a 3-point shooter. He’ll take you off the dribble, he’s got a mid-range game.

“He’s going to be a better college player once he gets up there with Mike’s system.”

Cal coach Mike Montgomery also has five-star Salesian HS shooting guard Jabari Bird, Mission Hills-San Diego center Kameron Rooks and Ransom Everglades-Miami point guard Sam Singer arriving in the fall.

Mathews watched his son’s team beat Rooks and Mission Hills in a Southern Cal semifinal game last week. The 7-foot son of former Arizona star Sean Rooks had 19 points and 17 rebounds against Santa Monica.

“Rooks is going to be a player,” Mathews said. “He’s a project right now, but he’s got a nice touch. Cal will put him on a weight program and watch his diet and work with him.”


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